Phone hearing for Seabrook's hit on Backes confirmed for Sunday

Apr 19, 11:03 PM

The NHL's department of player safety confirmed reports of a hearing for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook concerning his hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes.

The hearing will be over the phone, which carries a maximum suspension length of five games, meaning Seabrook will likely be available if the Blackhawks can overcome a 2-0 series deficit to the Blues and advance to the next round.

Apr 20, 2:33 PM

Report: Blackhawks' Seabrook suspended 3 games for hit on Blues' Backes

Apr 20, 2:33 PM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games for his Game 2 hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes, according to Renaud Lavoie.

Seabrook would be eligible to return for Game 5, should the Blackhawks force the series to that point.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the media on Sunday he wasn't sure about the availability of Backes for the remainder of the series. 

The loss of Seabrook will be a blow for Chicago, as he has already tallied two goals and two assists in the playoffs thus far. 

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Apr 20, 11:14 AM

Report: Phone hearing for Blackhawks' Seabrook scheduled for noon Sunday

Apr 20, 11:14 AM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have his phone hearing at noon on Sunday for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes, according to Renaud Lavoie

The discipline process in the post-season is sped up, given the frequency of games being played, so Seabrook should learn his fate sometime later in the afternoon. 

Phone hearings carry a maximum suspension of five games. 

Apr 19, 8:21 PM

Report: Blackhawks' Seabrook will have phone hearing with league for hit on Backes

Apr 19, 8:21 PM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will have to explain his hit on David Backes to NHL head of player safety Stephane Quintal, according to RDS analyst Francois Gagnon.

Phone hearings can result in a maximum suspension of five games. Seabrook is not a repeat offender.

Seabrook described the hit as "just trying to make a play on Backes" because he thought Backes had the puck. He told reporters there was no intent to injure:

I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I've been there myself, and I'm not trying to target his head. I'm not trying to do anything like that. It doesn't feel good to see a player like that lying there like that, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn't my intent. I thought it was a hit. It's a physical series, hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series, so we'll see what happens.

Apr 19, 7:03 PM

Blackhawks' Seabrook ejected for high hit: Blues coach says Backes is 'not good'

Apr 19, 7:03 PM

The St. Louis Blues seemed to benefit from a five-minute power play that helped them force overtime and take a 2-0 series lead over Chicago, but it is possible they lost forward David Backes in the process.

Backes was hit into the boards by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was ejected from the game.

Backes tried to get up and get a piece of Seabrook but could not stand without the help of a trainer and forward Alex Steen. Head coach Ken Hitchcock did not sound optimistic after the game.

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Apr 19, 6:06 PM

VIDEO: Blackhawks' Seabrook ejected for high hit on Blues' Backes

Apr 19, 6:06 PM

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was ejected from Game 2 on Sunday for this hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes:

Seabrook, who was second on Chicago in ice-time (23:21) at the moment of the hit, was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09 of the third period. The Blackhawks led 3-2 prior to Seabrook's ejection, but Vladimir Tarasenko scored the tying goal for St. Louis on the power play with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

Backes had trouble standing on his own after the hit and left the game for further medical testing.

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